It’s a historic day for the Catholic Church! Mother Teresa, the nun who dedicated her life to helping India’s poor, has officially been granted her second miracle by Pope Francis, thus paving the way for her to become a saint nearly two decades after her death. Get the details on her long-awaited canonization here!
Though Mother Teresa has long been thought of as a saint across the world, the title has never been made official — that is, until now. On Dec. 17, Pope Francis officially approved of the Nobel Prize-winning nun’s second miracle, thus assuring her induction into sainthood under the Catholic Church. Get the details on her historic appointment below!
It was a big day for Pope Francis! In addition to celebrating his 79th birthday on Dec. 17, the Pope also issued a formal decree crediting the late Mother Teresa with performing the second miracle necessary for her to become a Catholic saint.
For those who may not know, under the Catholic Church, the declaration of sainthood depends on the execution of two miracles. Mother Teresa had previously been beatified — a term that refers to the Church’s recognition of a person’s entrance into heaven and the first step in the canonization process — in 2003 by Pope John Paul II for performing one miracle: the healing of an Indian woman’s tumor through divine intervention.
Now, in what is considered her second miracle, Mother Teresa is being credited with the healing of a man in Brazil who was suffering from a brain infection. The man was reportedly in a coma and about to undergo an emergency operation when the surgeon “found the patient inexplicably awake and without pain,” according to a statement from Father Brian Kolodiejchiuk to NBC. “The patient’s wife continuously sought the intercession of the Blessed Mother Teresa for her husband,” added Father Kolodiejchiuk, who later spearheaded Mother Teresa’s canonization case.
Mother Teresa is best known for her missionary work and devotion to the poor living in the Indian city of Kolkata. In 1979, she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her charitable spirit and inspiring actions across the world. Her connection to Kolkata’s people was so strong in fact, that prior to her death in September 1997, she famously returned to the city to spend her final days with the people.
The official canonization ceremony for Mother Teresa will likely be held in September 2016 to coincide with both Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy and the 19th anniversary of her death, according to NBC.
HollywoodLifers, are you glad to see that Mother Teresa will finally become a saint? Share your thoughts in the comments below!